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Kit O'Connor sampling the oldest apple tree in Kazakstan

Christopher D. O'Connor

800 East Beckwith Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-542-4177
Fax: 406-543-2663
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Current Research

Kit O’Connor is an Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station working on the human dimensions of managing the risks and benefits of wildland fire. His current projects involve support for the National Forest Planning process and critical examination of the incident command structure to assist in development of scalable, long-term forest and fire planning decision systems.

Research Interests

Fire Ecology, Fire Management, Forest Disturbance Ecology, Entomology

Past Research

Kit’s previous work was centered on ecological reconstruction of landscape changes, response to climate and human impacts, and projected changes to forest and disturbance dynamics in response to projected future climate conditions.


  • University of Arizona, Ph.D. Natural Resource Management Dendrochronology, fire science, forest ecology, entomology, spatial modeling 2013
  • University of Quebec at Montreal, M.S. Biology Forest Entomology Disturbance Ecology, Forest Management 2009
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Agricultural Science Entomology, Ecology 1999

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2014
    University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Andrew Ellicott Douglass Memorial Scholarship, 2012
    University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
  • Western Forest Insect Work Conference Memorial Scholarship, 2011
    WFIWC Annual Memorial Scholarship recipient and key note speaker
  • Science and Society Fellowship, 2010
    University of Arizona Biosphere 2
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2006
    Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of State

Featured Publications & Products


Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Brais, S., T. T. Work, É. Robert, C. D. O’Connor, M. Strukelj, A. Bose, D. Celentano, and B. D. Harvey. 2013. Ecosystem Responses to Partial Harvesting in Eastern Boreal Mixedwood Stands. Forests 4:364-385.

    O’Connor, C. D., G. M. Garfin, D. A. Falk, and T. W. Swetnam. 2011. Human pyrogeography: a new synergy of fire, climate and people is reshaping ecosystems across the globe. Geography Compass 5:329-350.

    O’Connor, C.D., Koprowski, J.L., Lynch, A.M., Falk, D.F. 2014. Mt. Graham red squirrel use of forest habitat: Historical, present, and future perspectives. Final Report for U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Research Joint Venture Agreement 08-253. School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson. 33 p.

  • O’Connor, C. D., M. P. Thompson, and F. Rodríguez y Silva. 2016. Getting Ahead of the Wildfire Problem: Quantifying and Mapping Management Challenges and Opportunities. Geosciences 6:35.

Last updated on : 05/16/2019